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Ovington, County Durham

Ovington is a hamlet on the south bank of the River Tees in County Durham in the North East of England, situated close to Barnard Castle. Lying within the historic boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the hamlet along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District has been administered with County Durham since 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.

Ovington is located in County Durham
Location within County Durham
Population217 (2011 including Barforth)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ131146
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Richmond
Postcode districtDL11 7
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
List of places
County Durham
54°31′39″N 1°47′54″W / 54.52741°N 1.79828°W / 54.52741; -1.79828Coordinates: 54°31′39″N 1°47′54″W / 54.52741°N 1.79828°W / 54.52741; -1.79828

Home to the famous Ovington maypole, the tree for the maypole was felled and then erected by George Kidson MM, a former resident of the village who lived there for 83 years.[citation needed] All the daffodils that spring every year are also thanks to George Kidson who planted all them around the small village.[citation needed] The maypole was recently replaced with a new maypole donated by Wycliffe Hall. The new maypole stands tall in the centre of the green and two large chunks of the former maypole have been made into benches on either side of the green.

The Maypole was snapped off at ground level by storm force winds on Monday 9 November 2015. It is hoped to replace it with a similar sized pole as soon as one can be sourced and the relevant legalities and paperwork completed.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 July 2015.

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